Sunday, June 29, 2014

Intimate Stranger (1991)

Singer Corey supports herself as a phone sex operator while she waits for her music career to take off.  Her typical night consists of being bored, chain smoking and pretending to be enthralled by whoever calls while satisfying their sexual fantasies.

One night she gets a call from some freak who says he wants a three way with her and the girl in his apartment who he tied up and is soon to be dead.  At first Corey thinks it's just some sick fantasy, but soon the sounds on the other end of the phone appear to betray not only torture, but that a murder has taken place. No one shall ask why Corey continues to listen to this rather than hanging up.

Corey goes to the police station to report the crime, but since she only heard it over the phone, has no evidence, doesn't know who called, and she's in the phone sex trade, they laugh her right out of there.  But an officer named Nick who overheard, and doesn't want to wait years to get promoted to homicide, offers to help in hopes that catching a killer will help his career.  So get ready for some illegal wire tapping, primitive computer hacking, and private information stealing.

The calls to Corey get creepier and creepier, culminating in the killer threatening her life.  Nick and Corey's investigation digs up a credit card, a rich widow, and a possible suspect, but nothing concrete to make an arrest.  So Corey just keeps on smoking and taking her sex calls while looking as bored as humanly possible.
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Debbie Harry, aka Blondie, stars as Corey, our singer/phone sex gal.  Any Debbie Harry fans will enjoy seeing her sing a few songs in the bar. But not everyone will enjoy her version of Piece of My Heart, made famous by Janis Joplin. While Janis made it a howler, Debbie takes it down a notch to make it a lounge type ballad that takes all the soul out of it.  Don't get me wrong. Debbie has a great voice, but it just didn't work for me.  She also sings I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore.

The phone sex calls are surprisingly graphic, so if you're into Debbie Harry and phone sex, you'll enjoy that immensely.  Tim Thomerson plays the killer and is super disturbing and creepy.  The pacing is fairly slow and though you'll wonder if Tim will locate Debbie, overall the film lacks any tension. 

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